The hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre has reached a fifth week. Solidarity demonstrations have taken place, outside the IRC itself, at Holloway Prison and around the country, now a legal challenge is being mounted. The hunger strike tactic has also spread to Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre.
There will be a protest in support of the hunger strikers this Saturday 13th March in Castle Square in Swansea City Centre from 12noon until 5pm. As well as higlighting the stuggle of the women in Yarl’s Wood they will generally be raising awareness about asylum and immigration issues, particularly the detention of children and families and the racist culture of the UKBA. Some people will be fasting for the day in solidarity but that’s strictly voluntary, look out for the drummers and breakdancers.
Also on Saturday there will be a solidarity demonstration outside Harmondsworth IRC, from noon until 1.30pm. There is also a march in Glagow in memory of the Serykh family who fell to their deaths from their flat in Red Road.
The next day there will be a noise demo on Mothering Sunday, 14th March, from 12pm to 2pm at Yarl’s Wood IRC itself in solidarity with the women on hunger strike inside.